Hello friends. I’m very pleased to announce the wheels are turning on record number 4. It will be called Dreamweaver and will be filled with honest, soft and melodic offerings. The material will be written by yours truly with the assistance of my new friend Boo Hewerdine. An old friend, Mattie Foulds will produce and engineer at Castlesound studios. All of these factors, combined, lead me to believe this album will be a personal favourite for me, and hopefully you too.

Obviously these are strange, groundless times for all of us. At this exact moment I have a kickstarter campaign active. Whilst I have been fortunate enough to finance my recording up until this point, I was dependent on tours which no longer exist to pay the studio and musicians involved in Dreamweaver. This kickstarter campaign is how we can make this album in this current reality. I have various things I can offer as part of the campaign that include;

Livestream performance***Previously unreleased material***Previews of Dreamweaver***House Concerts***One on One songwriting sessions***Handwritten Lyrics***

If any of these interest you, please consider checking out the kickstarter page and contributing to the journey of this gentle boat on the rocky sea.

Thank you thank you xx

Hello friends,

How are you keeping?

I’ll be performing a solo acoustic livestream on the 15th of December in this good year of 2020. I’m taking requests via Facebook messenger. If there is anything you’d like to hear please do drop me a message and I’ll do my best to get it into the setlist.

Many thanks for your continued support and presence in this strange time. I’m so looking forward to seeing you all out there in the real world. Whilst I understand, to some degree, mistrust in large medical drug corporations I will happily take a vaccine needle to the eye for a chance at singing in a room where people can stand arm in arm and drink beer and listen to music once again.

Not too long now friends, keep the chin up.

Love, Adam x

P.s. Tickets are somewhat limited so don’t hang about!



…..10 years ago, I retrained from my job as a labourer on a building site and converted into the much more sensible and stable occupation of song creation. In my 10 years as a professional musician, I have experienced many ups and downs. I can recall drinking whisky with KT Tunstall after a gig in Stornaway and the following night busking on middle meadow walk in the rain to raise funds for a pint of Guinness, the price of admission to sandy bells and more musical delight. I have, since becoming professional, lost a father, 2 close friends, moved house 10 times, become a father, separated from significant relationships and built beautiful new ones…..I have, in all of these encounters and experiences, had music as a dear and close companion. At this point in time she is not there in a tangible way…….

Trad music lives in our bars and our living-rooms. In a wider sense music lives in our venues and clubs. I understand we are in a temporary and necessary process. And I understand that for most 2020 is the year of disappointment. For a million different reasons. I am not suggesting musicians and artists and practitioners are suffering worse than others. AND today I cannot hep but find myself disappointed by the single mindedness of the suffocation of the arts. 

It seems curious that we can manage, in the course of a year of this pandemic to;

have cinema screenings

have pubs open

have restaurants open

open the universities (build NEW social spaces for students)


encourage spending to bolster the economy 

and yet….

no fiddles, no guitars, no singing, no rapping.No songs, no tunes, no notes, no words. Empty concert halls and venues. 

The government referring to musicians as unviable is like breaking a horses leg and then commenting that it isn’t capable of racing. 

My commitment to you is to keep showing up and creating and sharing content. To do my best to create connections in this time of great artistic disconnect.

Join me here if you haven’t already. It would be my honour to sing for you. 

Adam x


Hello my friends! 


Are you missing live music as much as me? Would you like something to look forward to this November? 

For the last month I’ve been locked away (growing a beard) creating a cinematic and sonically soothing collection of 4 short films. I’m really excited to bring you a 4 week celebration of my 4 albums running through November. 





These films will consist of the stories behind the recording and songwriting processes and 4 solo acoustic performances of songs from the album. 

It is my belief that music and content are more important now than ever before, and it’s been my pleasure to put these short films together for you. It’s my sincere hope that they provide you with comfort and hope in some small way. 

Sign up below to join me for this celebration. Because there is more to living than surviving! 


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The first music release from Adam Holmes and award winning artists Nancy Kerr, Martin Simpson, Tom A. Wright and Alex Hunter’s new “folk supergroup” The Magpie Arc, is a four song EP and it is now available to buy direct from the bands website in 10″ coloured vinyl, CD and download here.

Check it out, and follow the band by adding your email address to their homepage “Follow” list here and look out for more new music releases over the coming months.

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Hello friends,

I am delighted to let you know we are at 80% of the Kickstarter target for my new solo record Dreamweaver. With 16 days left I am confident we can make it the rest of the way and work on Dreamweaver can commence. To everyone who has selected a reward and supported this journey so far, THANK YOU. Each and every contribution, large and small will become the sinew and the tissue of this recording and campaign.

It has been my pleasure to connect with so many of you throughout this process. The beautiful thing about being an independent artist is the ability to break down the middle man barrier of the industry and directly interface with the people who appreciate your musical voice and perspective. It has felt very natural and human to offer my services and to speak with you all. On a personal level, managing the campaign of the Kickstarter and pre-production of Dreamweaver has increased my capacity to manage things which come less naturally to me than writing songs. It’s been transformative to let go of stories around what I “can’t do”. A sort of spiritual journey (fucking hell I always make everything so dramatic). But really, this is what I’m thanking you for as well as your parting with your hard-furloughed pennies.

Your support is a wonderful thing and I’m excited to return it musically.

If you haven’t yet checked out what’s on offer in the rewards section of this page, please consider doing so by clicking the K in the top left corner of this video.

Many thanks, Adam x

Face The Fall, the new album from Arcade (Adam and Heidi Talbot) and featuring ten new songs is released today on vinyl and download. You can buy it directly from Bandcamp here

Adam and the band’s annual Traverse Theatre gig will be on Monday the 3rd of February where they  will be joined by Buoy Gull (Mairearad Green and Kenny Anderson), so if you missed the joint sold out gig at the Rose Street Theatre back in November, or indeed you were there and want to see it all again, then get your tickets here

Also out today is a new video of Adam solo singing the beautiful song he wrote with Heidi Talbot, Can’t Feel The Love Tonight, and you can watch it on YouTube here



The final gig of our autumn tour with Buoy Gull (Mairearad Green and Kenny Anderson) is now unreserved seats so best to get along early and get a good one folks. And yes, the Kenny Anderson in Buoy Gull is “KC” so don’t miss this opportunity to see them. Ticket link and further details available from our live page here

In answer to everyone who has been contacting us with a question about the upcoming gigs. All we can tell you is that yes, the Kenny Anderson in Buoy Gull is the one that you’re asking about. See all live dates here